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Posted August 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Riot at Boyd County jail leads to relocation of 70 inmates
     About 70 jail inmates had to be relocated following a Saturday night riot at the Boyd County jail. The riot happened at about 11:30 p.m., according to a press release on the jail’s Facebook page. Ten maximum security inmates, all of whom had violent charges including murder, attempted murder, robbery and assault fought with two deputy jailers at the jail, forcing the deputies to retreat.


Posted August 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Man rescued after falling 75 feet off cliff in Menifee County
     Search and rescue teams say a 23-year-old man fell 75-feet from a cliff in Menifee County on Saturday night. The call to search and rescue teams in the area did not come in until 12:45 p.m. Sunday. Search and rescue crews say after the man fell he was trapped in between two rocks. The incident happened off Amos Ridge Road near Frenchburg.


Posted August 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Spectrum officials to talk, take questions at Lexington public meeting
     Spectrum officials are scheduled to speak and take questions during a Thursday public meeting about the cable company’s service in Fayette County. Since January the city of Lexington has logged more than 183 complaints about Spectrum and Charter Communications, its parent company. And that’s only the complaints that have made it to Roger Daman, a city administrator who oversees cable complaints


Posted August 20, 2017 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Fannin, Stone file motion to dismiss bank fraud case
     An attorney for the owner and developer of StoneCrest Properties in Prestonsburg filed a motion to dismiss his client’s case in U.S. District Court Monday. On Friday, the loan officer alleged to have worked with him also had his attorney file motions to have the case dismissed. Paul D. Fannin is accused of an alleged bank fraud scheme involving his daughter, Chelsea Stone, and Brent M. Lee, a former BB&T bank loan officer. Monday, Ned Pillersdorf, Fannin’s attorney, filed a motion to dismiss his client’s case.


Posted August 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions
     Gov. Matt Bevin Friday made numerous appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions.


Posted August 20, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Madisonville rolls out the welcome mat for eclipse
     The community was eerily calm Saturday following months of preparation for Monday's total solar eclipse. While not many out-of-town visitors were seen at Madisonville City Park's Solarpalooza, area residents came out in droves to enjoy the festivities.


Posted August 20, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Mall vendors disappointed with turnout at Eclipse Oh! event
     A cluster of food vendors in front of Bradford Square Mall were upset and disappointed Saturday afternoon after realizing the event they had been promised wasn’t happening. The event, Eclipse Oh!, was advertised on Eventbrite.com to have food vendors, rides and photos. Vendors paid between $150 and $225 to rent a spot in the parking lot. However, when vendors arrived Friday, they were the only ones there. No rides. No photographer. And a few customers.


Posted August 20, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
People recall previous eclipse experiences
     Across the nation, people are looking forward to Monday’s total solar eclipse, which will darken the skies over the entire country when the moon passes between the Earth and sun. This is the first total eclipse of the sun visible from the contiguous United States since Feb. 26, 1979. The last total eclipse before that, visible from coast to coast, was on June 8, 1918.


Posted August 20, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Man charged with murder after woman's body found in storage tub
     The Warren County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest Saturday afternoon in the death of a woman whose body was found earlier in the day in a storage tote at a Plano home. Warren County Sheriff Office spokesman Capt. Tim Robinson said the sheriff’s office was called at 12:18 p.m. Saturday about a body found at a residence. The woman, 48, who has not been identified, was found inside a plastic storage tub, said Robinson.


Posted August 20, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
This lawmaker bought a luxury houseboat in 2004. He never paid a dime in property taxes.
     State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan failed to pay property taxes on his $350,000 houseboat for more than a decade, denying school districts and local governments thousands of dollars each year, according to public records and interviews with officials. Morgan, a Republican from Richmond, said in an interview Friday that he paid sales tax on the luxury boat when he bought it in 2004 but has never paid property taxes on it.


Posted August 20, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
‘There’s no fixing it.’ As coal falls, Appalachian schools face dire choices.
     Knott County Public Schools Superintendent Kim King said that despite a “distinguished” state rating, she doesn’t have any money for new programs and is wondering how she’s going to pay teachers next school year. Knott is among the Eastern Kentucky school districts struggling to keep the doors open after taking hits of $1 million or more in a year from a combination of economic and demographic factors. A steady decline of the coal industry has resulted in a significant decrease in unmined mineral property assessments, which, in turn, resulted in significantly less tax dollars for school districts. Education officials are calling on Kentucky’s General Assembly to look for new ways to fund the Appalachian school districts.


Posted August 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
One dies in boating accident on Ohio near Maysville
     A 52-year-old man died in a boating accident about 1:30 p.m. Saturday on the Ohio River near Maysville. The state's Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the mishap near the William Harsha Bridge. The body of Ronnie Parker was pulled from the water about 9 .m. Saturday, WKYT reported.


Posted August 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Boyd County jail reports small riot among inmates
     A small riot broke out late Saturday night at the Boyd County Detention Center in Ashland. The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m., a news release said. The violence was confined to one cell block. Ten maximum security inmates began fighting with two deputies, WSAZ-TV reported, and then forced them to retreat until re-enforcements arrived. The inmates stacked furniture, blankets and other items against doors in a hall and set the pile on fire.


Posted August 20, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Hopkinsville is gearing up for the eclipse with festivals, karaoke and little green men
     On a tiny patch of land a few miles outside of Hopkinsville Saturday morning, Javier Sierra was fulfilling a dream. As a 9-year-old in Teruel, Aragon, Spain, he discovered a magazine that specialized in stories of the fantastic and astounding. He read about how aliens had attacked the Sutton family in tiny Kelly, Kentucky, and it fired his imagination in ways that are still resonating. Sierra is a New York Times bestselling author who specializes in historical mysteries. On Saturday, he led a film crew to the Kelly Little Green Men Festival, where he was making a documentary about the event that helped shape his life.


Posted August 20, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Hopkinsville bound? Smartphone frustration may await you
     Headed to the Hopkinsville area for prime viewing of the eclipse? Smartphone users should be prepared for some “network congestion” as tons of people try to send out calls, texts, pictures and videos. “The mobile data is really going to be strained as thousands of folks try to use their devices all at once,” said Cathy Lewandowski, an AT&T spokeswoman.


Posted August 18, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear: Couple pleads guilty to charges connected to grant fraud
     Attorney General Andy Beshear announced the guilty pleas of two individuals who defrauded the government out of thousands of dollars in connection with state grants awarded to them by the Cabinet for Economic Development. Vesta Brue and Jerome Hahn, both 71, of Lexington, and the two corporations from which they operated, entered pleas in Franklin Circuit Court to 20 counts of tampering with public records, a Class D felony, a news release from Beshear's office said.


Posted August 18, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky Supreme Court hears Bevin vs. Beshear case over U of L board of trustees Friday
     Over a year after Gov. Matt Bevin dramatically revamped the University of Louisville board of trustees, the Kentucky Supreme Court is poised to rule on Attorney General Andy Beshear's lawsuit challenging the legality of his political opponent's actions. Beshear and one of Bevin's attorneys sparred before the state's high court Friday morning, offering opposing arguments regarding the governor's authority to unilaterally abolish and recreate university boards.


Posted August 18, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Bill would make it a crime to leave loaded guns where kids can find them
     Recklessly storing a gun where children could find and use it would be a crime in Kentucky under a bill that state Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, pre-filed this month for the 2018 legislative session. Wayne’s bill would require gun owners to use either a gun safe or a gun lock if minors under age 18 were in their homes. Improper firearm storage would be a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, if a child gets access to the weapon. The charge would rise to a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, if a minor uses the weapon to hurt or kill someone.


Posted August 18, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
New CEO aims to raise workforce board's profile
     In order to raise the work of the South Central Kentucky Workforce Development Board to a new level, the organization’s new CEO first aims to raise its profile. Robert Boone, only two weeks into his role as chief executive of the board, updated board members on development of the organization’s website and also got the board’s approval to issue a request for proposals for marketing and branding services during the group’s monthly meeting Thursday at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.


Posted August 18, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Logan murder suspect gets October trial date
     A Logan County man charged in his sister-in-law’s death had his scheduled jury trial pushed back a month. The trial of George Walker had been scheduled to begin Sept. 11. Logan Circuit Judge Tyler Gill reset it for Oct. 16, citing a scheduling conflict with a separate murder case slated for a trial next month. Walker, 22, of Adairville, is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the Dec. 21, 2015, death of Allison Walker, 23, of Adairville.


 

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